Union Corrugating Opens Metal Roofing Facility in Upper Midwest

Union Corrugating announces they are opening a facility in the upper Midwest. The 40,000 square foot facility, located in Janesville, Wisconsin, will offer Union’s complete product line.

“Opening our 11th facility in Janesville gives us the opportunity to expand our geographic reach to an area that consists of Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota”, says Keith Medick, Union president and CEO. “We’re excited to grow our customer base there.”

Prior to opening their Janesville facility, Union Corrugating has been manufacturing and distributing products from 10 locations across the Eastern and Central United States since 1946.

“We are proud to provide the residential, commercial and agricultural markets with metal roofing, siding and accessories. This Janesville initiative is in response to our customers asking us to expand our footprint to this geographic area and demonstrates our strategy of being a convenient metal roofing supplier,” continues Medick.

CertainTeed Employees Roll Up Their Sleeves to Assist Homes for Our Troops

CertainTeed Corporation, along with employees from its Kansas City, Kansas, insulation plant and professional partners are rolling up their sleeves to assist Homes for Our Troops (HFOT). HFOT is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes for severely injured Veterans. The latest team effort shows support and appreciation for a local Lee’s Summit, Missouri Veteran.
 
CertainTeed offers a portfolio of roofing, insulation, drywall, siding, housewrap and trim for builds across the U.S. CertainTeed’s involvement also extends to employees actively participating in HFOT local community events, as well as builder, distributor, and company contractor partners who assist with product delivery and installation.
 
Due to the proximity to the company’s insulation manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Kansas, local CertainTeed employees are able to do even more for Marine Sgt. Dustin Johns, taking action along with more than 150 people to assist with landscaping and other exterior beautification details during Volunteer Day. Several supporters, including long-time Kansas builder and HFOT partner Sallee Homes of Lee’s Summit, was on hand when the home was officially presented to the Johns family during the formal Key Ceremony.
 
A technician with the 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Company, Sgt. Johns was clearing an area of explosive hazards in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan on November 12, 2011 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast resulted in the amputation of both legs and two fingers on his right hand.
 
He was fitted with prosthetics for both legs, but learning to walk again is only one challenge of day-to-day life. Sgt. Johns’ mortgage-free home provided by HFOT is specially designed to accommodate his needs and is a crucial step in helping his family rebuild their lives.
 
“When we heard about Homes for Our Troops building a home so near our largest insulation manufacturing facility, our staff, both at the corporate and local level, were excited at the chance to do more than usual for the local hero,” said Greg Silvestri, president of CertainTeed Insulation. “Everyone who has touched this project, from our builder, distributor and contractor partners to the employees at the plant to our company sales territory managers, have expressed their thankfulness for being able to step in, and eagerness to participate in another build when the opportunity presents itself.”
 
In conjunction with CertainTeed, Insulate America has participated in a number of builds since becoming involved with HFOT in the past few years.
 
“We do charitable work within the communities that we serve. Whether that’s a check, or with some hands on work. It’s rewarding when you come to the home that is being built for one of our Veterans to see the impact and the community coming together,” said David Beam, president of Insulate America. “It’s a small token of appreciation for their sacrifice and our freedom.”

This was the first time A+ Insulation, an Insulate America member contractor from Edwardsville, Kansas, provided installation services for a HFOT build.

“I really had no idea the lengths Homes for Our Troops goes through to personally customize each home to benefit the life of each deserving Veteran. It’s amazing,” said Mike O’Hara, president of A+ Insulation. “And CertainTeed Sales Territory Manager John Larkin was wonderful to work with, making it easy to complete the insulation installation on schedule.”
 
Since its founding in 2004, HFOT has built more than 220 mortgage-free, specially adapted energy-efficient homes for Veterans severely injured in combat after September 11, 2001. Each four-bedroom, two-bath home is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, complete with roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. Construction of a home takes six to seven months, with the cost of each build averaging $430,000.
 
To learn more about CertainTeed’s Homes for Our Troops partnership, visit www.certainteed.com/followtheproject.

CertainTeed Corp. Unveils Interactive Tool for Remodeling

CertainTeed Corporation unveils a marketing and reference tool that harnesses the power of the Apple iPad to deliver interactive content. Dubbed iDreamBook, interactive book enables contractors to help homeowners find the right combination of CertainTeed exterior products.

The CertainTeed iDreambook offers users an interactive experience. Individual chapters provide detail about the company’s complete line of siding, decorative trim, roofing, house wrap and outdoor living products (fence, decking, railing and porch). Each section incorporates videos, click-and-view images of exterior design ideas, and pop-up windows to drill down and learn more about specific products. Intuitive navigation allows the user to move from chapter to chapter.

“We wanted to enable contractors to use their MacBooks, iPads or other Apple portable devices to explore our line of exterior products with homeowners,” said Matt Gibson, marketing director for CertainTeed Siding. “The combination of video clips, photography and product detail gives our partners access to technology to showcase designs and product options available from CertainTeed.”

The Idea Gallery section will be valuable to contractors who specialize in complete exterior remodeling. This section highlights the trend toward mixing and matching various styles, colors and textures of siding and other exterior components. Each page features a gallery of photos with details on the specific style, color, etc.

The iDreambook also features information and links to CertainTeed’s interactive home remodeling visualization tools, including ColorView, ColorCoach and CurbAppeal. The company’s sustainability initiatives are also highlighted.

To download the iDreambook, visit the Apple iBooks Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/certainteed-idreambook/id1099304022?mt=11

Brock Associates Partners with Roofinox to Sell Roofing and Rollforming Products

“When Follansbee closed its doors, removing its TCS II from availability a few years ago, it left a serious hole in the market for architectural stainless steel,” says Allan Brock, president of Brock Associates of Pittsburgh, Pa. “Architects still need TCS-II and many are still specifying it for their designs. So we decided to satisfy this market by bringing Roofinox into our product line.”

Brock Associates is now sourcing material for its commercial roofing and siding/ACM applications from Roofinox America, the U.S. arm of Roofinox International, Europe’s supplier of quality stainless steel specifically designed for roofing and rollforming.

Allan Brock says: “Over recent years, we have seen the market for metal in roofing, siding and paintable flashing, increasing, especially in the high-end applications, in our market area of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey and Virginia. When we saw an opportunity to re-introduce stainless into the market with Roofinox, we went for it, and we have not been disappointed.”

“We are extremely pleased about Brock’s decision to go with Roofinox,” notes Dave Rowe, vice president of Sales, Roofinox America. “Roofinox Tin Plated stainless offers a great replacement for the old TSC II, along with a rich architectural appearance.

He continues: “The good news, is it is 20 percent more malleable than any other stainless products on the market making it easier than ever to roll-form. The strength and malleability of our product coupled with our unique surface textures provides our clients with a desirable product.”

Roofinox America has been providing Roofinox Classic, Roofinox Plus .0157 and Roofinox tin-plated (Terne-coated) material to American fabricators, roofing contractors and metal roofing distributors for more than two years.

ABC Supply Acquires Assets of Team Wholesale

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has acquired the assets of Team Wholesale Inc., a supplier of siding and windows located at 2900 Highland Dr. in Hudsonville, Mich. Susan Zmudzinski will continue in her current role as branch manager.

“Team Wholesale has built a great reputation among contractors in the SW Grand Rapids area,” says Jim Welch, vice president of ABC Supply’s Midwest Region. “Customers will continue working with the same experienced associates at this location who have a breadth of knowledge with regard to siding and windows.”

ABC Supply operates one other branch in Grand Rapids, Mich., located at 2601 Division Ave. S.

H&F Manufacturing’s PVC Panels Are FM Approved

H&F Manufacturing Corp.’s PHASE-2 PVC panels have been FM approved.

H&F Manufacturing Corp.’s PHASE-2 PVC panels have been FM approved.

Industrial and commercial companies around the world rely on products that are FM Approved and specification tested to protect their properties from loss. The FM APPROVED mark, which is backed by scientific research and testing, ensures that the product conforms to high-quality industry standards.

Since 1992, H&F Manufacturing Corp.’s PHASE-2 PVC panels have been FM approved for “unlimited wall height and a Class I certification, not requiring automatic sprinkler protection.” In addition, the PHASE-2 PVC panels earn a non-combustible flame spread rating of 12.

Mainly used for siding, roofing and louver panels, PHASE-2 PVC panels provide unique and versatile solutions for a vast array of industrial and commercial applications.

CertainTeed Accepts Entries for Living Spaces Home Makeover Contest

Transform your family home from drab to dazzling by entering to win an expansive remodel from CertainTeed Corp., a North American brand of building products. Now accepting video entries, the annual Living Spaces Home Makeover Contest encourages homeowners to creatively showcase their wish lists for a dream house exterior redesign.

This summer, one lucky winner will receive an incredible $100,000 grand prize, which includes $75,000 worth of building products, including professional installation and a $25,000 tax gross-up payment. In prior years, winners received $75,000 worth of building products and installation; however, this year CertainTeed has pulled out all the stops by not only increasing the value to assist with ancillary costs, but also awarding energy-efficient attic insulation for complete home comfort behind the scenes.

To enter the contest, homeowners simply need to grab their cell phone or video camera and show off their family’s acting talents and unique personalities by uploading their most entertaining 30- to 90-second video to the CertainTeed Living Spaces Facebook page. Videos should be creative and fun, such as using an original story idea or theme to explain why their home needs a makeover using CertainTeed’s extensive selection of polymer, insulated and vinyl siding, designer roofing, housewrap, insulation, decking, railing, fence and trim.

CertainTeed will be accepting entries through 11 p.m. EST on May 31 and will announce the winner on or about June 15.

Video entries will appear on the CertainTeed Living Spaces Facebook contest page where visitors can vote for their favorite until 11 p.m. EST on June 7. The top 10 videos that have received the greatest number of “like” votes will be finalists for best overall pick by CertainTeed judges. The winning family will also star in a series of Facebook and YouTube video webisodes featuring their home’s remarkable transformation, with the freedom to choose the latest mix and match of products, colors, styles and textures for exceptional curb appeal; combined with energy-saving insulation. Nine runners-up will each receive $500 outdoor living prize packages. For more information and complete contest rules and details, visit the CertainTeed Living Spaces Facebook page.

CertainTeed offers unsurpassed Freedom of Choice through its portfolio of roofing, long-lasting polymer, insulated and vinyl siding as well as fence, railing, decking, exterior trim and the energy-saving benefits of new attic insulation. CertainTeed offers the advantage of using exterior products from a single source that are designed to mix-and-match with each other and feature authentic textures, versatile styles and rich color combinations for a beautifully coordinated look. As the result of a strong commitment to environmental responsibility, CertainTeed is the first manufacturer to issue and publish third-party validated life cycle assessments (LCA) for its vinyl and trim product lines. For more information, visit CertainTeed’s Freedom of Choice Web page.

Van Mark Products Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2014

Van Mark Products Corp. is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. Founded in 1964 by Gene Van Cleave, Van Mark has become a worldwide leader in manufacturing portable job-site bending brakes and installation tools for the residential and commercial construction industries.

Doing business globally and based out of Farmington Hills, Mich., Van Mark designs and manufactures tools for the residential roofing, siding, window and gutter installation industries as well as tools for metal roofing and post frame construction. Van Mark’s quality has made its tools the preferred brand among contractors and distributors worldwide.

Van Mark began in 1964 when Gene Van Cleave founded the business after working as a stone mason and siding and window installer for many years. Recognizing the need for portable job-site tools he pioneered, developed and patented many high quality long lasting tools designed to help installers do their jobs more efficiently. He focused on making high quality durable tools, a core value that exists at Van Mark to this day.

Family owned and operated by the second generation, Van Mark is run by Gene’s son Jeff Van Cleave. As the company continues to develop innovative new products every year, Van Mark is poised to continue as the leader in quality and innovation for the next 50 years, as contractors and distributors have recognized over the past 50 years.